Animal Care Center of Plainfield

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When you bring your pet to Animal Care Center your pet's health is our priority and excellent service is our goal. Our staff takes pride in consistently providing professional care and genuine personal service within a state-of-the-art medical facility. The doctors and staff of the clinics work hard to anticipate client's and pet's needs, while striving to provide superior veterinary services in a compassionate manner.
14411 S. Rt. 59, Plainfield IL 60544
P: 815-436-8387
P: 630-378-0880
Fax 815-436-8084
M-F 7am-8pm (Doctors start at 8am)
Sat 7am-3pm (Doctors start at 8am)
Sun 9am-5pm
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Staff at Animal Care Center of Plainfield

Dr. Michael Buedel

Dr. Michael Buedel has been Chief of Staff and partner at Animal Care Center of Plainfield since 2002. He is also a partner in the four other clinics of Kremer Veterinary Services. Dr. Buedel attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for his undergraduate studies and majored in Biology. After graduating from the U of I in 1996, he attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Buedel graduated valedictorian of his class in 2000 and immediately began practicing at Animal Care Center. He takes pleasure in all facets of veterinary medicine, but particularly enjoys orthopedic surgery. He has learned and honed is surgical skills by attending continuing education courses in orthopedics, including an advanced masters course. He has also had opportunities to share his passion of veterinary medicine with the community by appearing on NBC 5 and going to schools to talk to children. Starting in 2008, he has sponsored a scholarship for a Ross University student with financial need who is attending the University of Illinois for their clinical year.
Dr. Buedel and his wife Jennifer, a high school teacher of 11 years, have two young daughters who keep them laughing and “on their toes”. Ten years ago they adopted a basset hound mix named Flounder from Help Save Pets and he continues to be a great joy in their lives. In his free time, Dr. Buedel loves to travel, ski, and keep up with the Chicago sports teams as much as possible.

Dr. John Michael

Dr. John Michael is a managing partner at Animal Care Center, Hinsdale Animal Hospital and CARE Animal Emergency Services. He has been with Kremer Veterinary Services since 2007. He received his BS in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 2003 and his DVM in 2007 from University of Illinois as well. His primary interests as a veterinarian are small animal medicine and surgery, with a special interest in neurology and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Michael grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and spends his free time attending sporting events, rooting on the Fighting Illini, Bears, Bulls and White Sox. He owns a Bullmastif named Titan and a Persian cat named Fluffy.

Dr. Tony Kremer

Dr. Tony Kremer graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and has founded three scholarships at that college for veterinary students that have financial need.  He has been the owner of 9 veterinary practices and is president and co-founder of Help Save Pets an animal shelter that has adopted over 1200 animals annually into loving homes.   He is also a member of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Public Education Committee and has routinely appeared on NBC 5 Chicago as well as FOX Chicago and ABC 7 News.  For More Information on his media and public education work, check out  He has a special interest in Orthopedic Surgery and has performed advanced knee and hip procedures as well as complicated fracture repair.  In his spare time, he loves to Motorcycle, scuba dive, and play guitar.  He has run the Chicago Marathon and is currently training for the Chicago Triathalon.   His wife, Meg has a master degree in Engineering as well as becoming a certified obedience trainer and pet groomer. She is currently the executive director of Help Save Pets.  They have 2 rescued dogs named Boots and China, a cat named Spyder, and 2 horses named Tango and Dancer.

Dr. Nicolas Spodak

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Spodak graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. He received his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Shortly after completing his clinical year at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville he started working at the Animal Care Center of Plainfield. With a passionate interest in Zoology Dr. Spodak’s concentration is in surgery and medicine with a strong interest in exotics, mainly birds and reptiles. He is fluent in French and is working on Spanish. He has spent time on four different continents as a field biologist and resided in Europe for part of his youth. He enjoys travel and music and most of all his animals, which include dogs, cats snakes a ferret and fancy goldfish. Dr. Spodak and his wife, who is also a veterinarian, are enjoying life in the greater Chicago area.

Dr. Daniel Erjavec

Dr. Daniel Erjavec graduated from Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. He has been with Kremer Veterinary Services from 2003 to 2005 in the capacity of kennel staff, receptionist, and veterinary technician. After completing his clinical year at Tufts Cummings University School of Veterinary Medicine, he came back to Animal Care Center in the capacity of an associate veterinarian. His areas of interest lay particularly in internal medicine (with emphasis in managing endocrine disorders) and surgery. In his spare time, Dr. Erjavec enjoys camping, bowling, playing dominoes, and spending time with his wife, their 12 year old Boxer mix (Boo), 4 year old one-eyed domestic shorthair (Dave Chavez), and 3 year old Devon Rex (Peter Parker).

Dr. Josie Arkush

Dr. Josie Arkush graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and has been working as an Associate Veterinarian at ACC ever since. Prior to this, she graduated form Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She worked as a graphic designer for 6 years before pursuing her dream of Veterinary Medicine. She is happy to be back in Chicagoland - where she grew up. Josie enjoys all areas of small animal medicine. She hopes to continue developing her surgical skills and grow her knowledge of exotic animal and "pocket pet" medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, seeing live music with her husband and snuggling with her 2 cats: Mr. Kitty and Sister.

Dr. Matthew Mottel

Dr. Matthew Mottel came to the Animal Care Center after receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. He completed his clinical year at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, he is happy to again be back home. Though he enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine he has special interest in surgery, emergency medicine, and neurology. Away from the hospital, you can find him playing in a weekly hockey league and cheering on the Blackhawks, Bears, and Fire. Dr. Mottel also likes listen to music, watching movies, camping, and rock climbing. Currently without a pet for the first time in his life, he is looking to adopt his next dog within the next few months.

Vicki Grandys - Practice Manager - Technician & Kennel Manager

Vicki has been a technician with Animal Care Center for 12 years and has managed the kennel staff for 3 years. She has a BS in Biology which she received in 1991. She has a certification in abdominal and small parts human ultrasound. Outside of work she enjoys partaking in sports and going to the beach. She has 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 ferrets and fish.

Megan Pedersen - Veterinary Technician Manager, CVT

Megan has been a technician with Animal Care Center for 7 years. She has an associate degree in Applied Science Veterinary Medical Technology which she obtained in 2006 and is a certified Veterinary Technician. She enjoys working with Help Save Pets humane society and says, “It’s nice to be able to use my skills everyday to help those in need!” She volunteers with Plainfield Emergency Management Agency which includes being a NWS Advanced Severe Weather Spotter. When she’s not working helping animals, she loves rollerblading, walking, gardening and working on her home. She owns a Husky/Hound mix named Lucy-Lu and two domestic shorthair cats named Chesney and Leo.

Maggie Vandermeer

I have been obedience training dogs for 20 years, and working with Kremer Veterinary Services and Help Save Pets for the past 6 years. I evaluate and temperament test dogs for the shelter for which I received an award for volunteer of the year in 2008. I also work with KVS clients to help train and build good relationships between owner and pet. I have an associate degree in science with several animal science classes completed. My training includes working under 3 professional dog trainers for the first 5 years and several training seminars before I started training on my own. My family includes Dan, my husband, a Rottweiler named Sakai, a Collie/Shepherd called Indy and an American Pit Bull who goes by the name Zanchu. Working with dogs has been a life-long passion. Love and communication is the key to good leadership.

Maggie’s Training Philosophy:
My approach is focused on clear communication and leadership while taking into account the diversity of each dog. The goal is to help dogs understand manners and behavior appropriate to our human world and teach families to communicate those skills clearly so their dogs understand. My style of training emphasizes on the importance of leadership with lots of verbal and hands on praise. It is important that dogs understand who the leader is with direction and not food as a bribe. After all, dogs are body language animals and communicate that way with each other.

Kathleen Tracy

Dr. Tracy graduated from Missouri State University in 2003 with a BS in Biology. She received her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 after completing her clinical year at Oklahoma State University. She joined Animal Care Center in 2013. Dr. Tracy’s concentration is preventive care and early disease detection and medicine. She also has a strong interest in exotics, mainly pocket pets and reptiles. When she is not working, Dr. Tracy enjoys spending time with her two young daughters and her husband, Dr. Nicolas Spodak. Vada and Saul their dogs, Turtle and Blueberry their cats, and Reggae and Ginger their snakes, as well as three fancy gold fish round out the family.

Diann Naul - Client care manager

Diann has been a receptionist and technician with Animal Care Center since 2007 and became Clinic Manager in 2013. Before pursuing her life long dream of working with animals, she worked as a graphic designer for 13 years. She really loves getting to know the patients and parents! Diann loves spending time with her husband and working in her garden with her Great Dane Gideon. She also has a mischievous cat named Bodhi. Diann enjoys kayaking, music and the great outdoors.

Dr Aaron Buck

Dr. Buck is originally from Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biology. He received his veterinary degree from The University of Illinois in 2014. Dr. Buck's concentration is in surgery and medicine with a strong interest in orthopedics and oncology. He enjoys traveling and hiking with his wife Katie, listening to music, attending concerts and most of all his two dogs, Miloh and Marley.

Dr. Keith True

Dr. Keith True is a 2014 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to entrance into veterinary school, he attended Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. True has been a member of the KVS clinics since high school, where he worked as kennel staff and as a technician. His mentors and experiences at KVS hospitals aided his decision to go into veterinary medicine as a career. Along with general practice, Dr. True has a strong interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery . Additionally, he has taken an interest in "sports medicine" in canine patients, as he is an avid runner with his dog, Doug. Dr. True has run multiple marathons with his trusted partner, Doug, by his side for every training run! Dr. True has also been a guest on Dr. Kremer's Pet Lifestyle Radio to talk about exercising with your pet. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. True enjoys running marathons, playing volleyball, spending time with family, keeping up with his favorite sports teams, and enjoying the outdoors. At home, Dr. True and his wife, Lauren, have two dogs. Doug is a Vizsla mix, who Dr. True adopted during veterinary school, and Maggie is a recently adopted German Shorthaired Pointer.

Kelli Lysek

Kelli Lysek is the Grooming Manager for all Kremer Veterinary Services clinics. She has been with us since 2008, but has been grooming pets since 1998. As grooming is Kelli’s passion she has received 2nd place awards in grooming competitions. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys and enjoys movies. Kelli also has a Beagle named Holly and a cat named Scobby.

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Services at Animal Care Center of Plainfield


We take great pride in our state of the art surgical facilities. Routine surgeries are performed on a daily basis at all three clinics, however you may also see our doctors removing stones from Felix the cat's bladder, pulling out a sewing needle from Poochie's stomach, or even removing an infected ear canal from a Cocker Spaniel. In addition, many of our doctors have taken post-graduate courses on advanced orthopedic procedures such as total hip replacements, fracture repairs, knee surgeries, and more.


Our doctors are very knowledgeable and current on all aspects of veterinary medicine. Due to the many hours and large number of cases our doctors see on any given day, they have been exposed to a tremendous amount of challenging medical cases such as renal failure, unregulated diabetes, cardiac and respiratory disease, cancer, and more. Consequently they are all very experienced and kept current on any new treatments or medicine that would offer the best care for your pet.


We are proud of our boarding facilities at all three clinics and welcome visitors. At Animal Care Center dogs reside in indoor climate-controlled runs with an outside exercise facility. Cat condominiums are available for our feline friends in Animal Care Center's exclusive penthouse boarding facility.


Happiness is a professionally groomed pet. Our grooming staff will keep your pet looking beautiful and feeling healthy for many years to come. The groomers work with all breeds of dogs and cats, providing clipping, dipping, bathing, nail trims and comb-outs. Professional grooming is available 7 days a week.

Nutritional Counseling

Good nutrition is just as important to pets as it is to people. Proper diet can help control some of the problems that affect our pets. Our doctors and staff are available to answer any questions you may have and guide you on a proper nutrition path for your pet. Ask about our computerized weight management program for those overweight pets.

Behavior Counseling

Behavior problems can be frustrating to correct. Whether it is a new puppy or kitten, older dog or cat, it is important to get the right answers. Our staff can consult with you in areas of concern and if necessary, we can also recommend programs and specialists in those areas.

Obedience Classes

To help get you and your new puppy off to a good start, we offer puppy classes at no charge, held at Animal Care Center. Have fun learning about health, obedience and behavioral topics while your pup has fun learning to socialize with others. We also offer advanced puppy and obedience at a competitive fee.

House Calls

There are times you may not be able to make it to our facility and on those occasions we are happy to come to you. House call service is available on an appointment system.

After-hours emergency care

Our hospital is now open 24hrs a day for medical care.

Payment for services

One of our staff or management will be happy to discuss the basis for fees and explain what is necessary to provide quality care for your pet. We urge our clients to ask questions about our fees prior to beginning treatment. An itemized approximation of the expected charges will be provided prior to surgery or major hospitalization. To keep our fees as low as possible, it is the hospital policy that all accounts are settled before you pet is taken home. For you convenience, payments can be made by cash, check, or most major credit cards, or ask about our no-interest payment program (subject to approval prior to services being rendered).

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General Health For Your Pet

General Health When bringing your pet in for a visit, we encourage you to ask questions. The key to a healthy pet is an educated owner. Most people think that vaccinations are the most important preventative measure they can provide for their pet. Although we strongly believe in vaccinations, a through physical examination is the cornerstone of any preventative health care program. Your pet cannot be vaccinated against ailments such as cancer, heart disease, kidney disease and obesity. Early detection and prevention can help your pet live a long and happy life. Let us show you how to keep your pet healthy.


Distemper/ Parvo-also includes Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Corona Virus
Rabies vaccine
Lyme vaccine
Influenza vaccine
Fecal exam
Heartworm test and prevention
Dental checkup


Distemper/ Respiratory virus combo
Rabies vaccine
Feline Leukemia vaccine
FIP vaccine
FIV vaccine
Fecal exam
Heartworm prevention
Dental checkup

Exotic Pets

Reptiles, birds and rodents are just a few of the pets that have become popular today. Ask our veterinarians for current information on proper health care.

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